One of the popular players in the competitive VALORANT scene, Benedict “Benkai” Tan, will be leaving Paper Rex’s main team for VALORANT Champions 2023. He’s now getting a fresh start by joining Global Esports for the 2024 season. This move marks the beginning of Global Esports‘ efforts to build a new team and improve their performance after a not-so-great year.
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The team had a tough season recently with many disappointing performances. They didn’t do well in events like the 2023 LOCK//IN, and they ended up in eighth place in the Pacific regular season. They even couldn’t make it through the Last Chance Qualifier. Because of this, the team decided to part ways with all of its main players in September, starting a complete overhaul of their roster.
A lot has been said, a lot has been unsaid, all we have to say is – it’s time to prove again.
Welcome to GE; On behalf of SA we all look forward to all your experience and all your antics!❤️#VCT #GEFighting pic.twitter.com/ZxY8MinFh8
— Global Esports (@GlobalEsportsIn) September 16, 2023
On the other hand, Benkai had a break from competitive play since he was benched just before Masters Tokyo. His last match was on April 15, and Paper Rex went on to use a different lineup featuring players like something, f0rsakeN, mindfreak, Jinggg, and d4v4i.
Now, Benkai, who is 26 years old, will be the leader of Global Esports. He brings a lot of experience and leadership to the team, and his friendly and fun attitude has made him a favorite among fans worldwide. Many people missed seeing his entertaining antics on stage, like dressing up in a dinosaur costume and offering insightful commentary as an analyst on broadcasts.
However, Global Esports will need to build a strong team around Benkai in the coming months as they prepare for the new year. They’ll have to create a squad capable of competing with top teams like Paper Rex, DRX, and T1 if they want to make a mark in international competitions.